If you’ve been injured in an accident at work, you may need to seek medical advice. If you have injuries, first aid treatment can often be hugely beneficial, especially in serious cases when it may take a few minutes for expert help to arrive. Yet it is unsafe to treat some injuries at home, so if you dislocate a joint, is it safe to put it back in yourself?
If you dislocate a joint, is it safe to put in back in yourself?
Dislocations are fairly common; they can arise as a result of slips, trips and falls, sports injuries and landing awkwardly. If you dislocate a joint, you may experience:
- Sudden onset of severe pain
- Immobility in and around the joint
- Visual changes in the joint; it may look deformed or bent
Most commonly, if you dislocate a joint, it will involve the knees, shoulders or jaw.
What to do if you dislocate a joint at work
If you’ve dislocated a joint in a work accident, it’s important to get help immediately. Visit your nearest Accident and Emergency department. You will usually be seen by a triage nurse
before you see a doctor. It is important to try and keep the joint as still as possible.
Even though it may seem tempting to try and slot the joint back into position, you should never try and replace the joint yourself. This can cause even more damage to the joint and the connective tissue within it. Wait for a doctor. Elevating the joint and placing ice packs on the affected limb will help to reduce inflammation.
When can you claim compensation for a work accident?
Every year, thousands of people in the UK sustain injuries at work. If you’ve been injured at work and you were not at fault, you may have a viable claim for compensation.
If you can prove that your employer was negligent and this contributed to your accident, you have a right to file a claim. If you were provided with defective equipment or unsuitable
protective clothing, for example, your employer may be liable for your injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you wish to pursue a work injury claim, call Accident Advice Helpline for information about the claims process. Our helpful advisers will be able to give you advice about whether or not you have a viable claim and how much your claim could be worth. Our lines are open 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Alternatively, visit our website and take the 30-second eligibility test.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice